Our research is directed towards the understanding, modeling, simulation, and quantitative prediction of complex mechanical systems, with special application to geomechanics. We are particularly interested in modeling instabilities in multi-phase porous media under static and dynamic loading by developing robust constitutive models and efficient techniques in computational inelasticity and finite element procedures.
Synopsis: Hidden Forces in a Pile of Sand
On August 24, 2016, Computational Geomechanics group was featured on Physics.APS.org. Check out the full article here.
On July 29, Caltech produced a video showcasing our work on mechanics of soils under zero gravity and extreme environments.
Geomechanics Attend EMI Conference in Nashville
In May 2016, the Computational Geomechanics group presented some of their most recent work at the annual Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference. Some of the highlights included talks from the group:
Geomechanics Research in Microgravity Environments
On November 19th, four researchers affiliated with the Computational Geomechanics Group flew on a microgravity flight out of Melbourne, FL. The microgravity environments are achieved by flying a series of parabolas, where an increased gravity state is immediately followed by a decreased state with the specific gravity levels controlled by the shape of the parabolas.11.23.15 [Read more]
Professor Andrade Elected to Engineering Mechanics’ Board of Governors
José E. Andrade, Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as a member of the Board of Governors for the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 9.25.14 [Read more]
Check out our latest paper "On the contact treatment of non-convex particles in the granular element method", DOI: 10.1007/s40571-014-0019-2. [Read more]